As we enter the first full week of April, impacts of the COVID – 19 virus and responses to those impacts continue to evolve. We list below some information and programs that may be of interest to Idaho Manufacturers. See the Cool Things Idaho Companies are doing to combat COVID on our Killing COVID with Kindness Page.
- April 6 – COVID-19 Fallout Threatens Idaho Farmers & Ranchers – In an interview with the Capital Press, Alan Reed of Reeds Dairy in Idaho Falls says the free-fall in the price of milk is a threat to the industry. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, milk prices have declined by 26% to 36%, cotton and hogs 31%, cattle 25%, corn 14%, and 8% for soybeans. Another story shows how the coronavirus outbreak has hurt the markets for lamb and wool.
- April 6 – Caldwell Food Industry Company, Reyco Systems, Lends Technology to Hospitals in COVID-19 Battle
Reyco Systems normally supports the food industry. Now Reyco is helping hospitals across Idaho in the fight against the new coronavirus. Reyco specializes in what’s known as “ultraviolet germicidal irradiation.” The company’s products — large racks and wands of ultraviolet light bulbs — allow those in the food processing industry to sanitize raw materials using ultraviolet light.
- April 6 – The Idaho Small Business Development Center is Collecting COVID 19 Idaho Business Impact Information.
Please fill out this form to help the SBDC better understand how your business is being affected by the COVID 19 virus. SBDC will only share the aggregate and anonymous data collected.
- April 3 – Idaho’s Computrol Making circuit boards and parts for ventilators.
- April 3 – Idaho’s Bucks Bags pivots from sporting goods to masks and gowns for health workers.
- April 3 – College of Southern Idaho Printing Masks
Jim Kellis, a machining and manufacturing instructor at CSI (and husband of TechHelp’s Janna Hamlett), partnered up with Kyle Kutz, a food processing and automation engineering lab assistant, are 3D printing about 60 masks per day for those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
- April 3 – TechHelp Partner, Idaho State University is using 3D printers to produce coronavirus personal protection equipment including components for face shields, N95-compliant face masks and other personal protective equipment for use by ISU clinics, ISU health care workers, and Southeast Idaho emergency responders and health care workers.
- April 3 – TechHelp Partner, University of Idaho 3D Printing Masks
- April 3 – The Team at Packing Specialties Inc in Burley is handing out appreciation bags to the truck drivers that pick up and deliver at PSI.
- April 3 – Idaho Technology Council list of companies that are stepping up includes Micron, Albertsons, Sparklight, Idaho Power, Zions Bank and more.
- April 3 – Here are some of the ways Boise State is helping out.
- April 3 – COVID-19 Resources for North Idaho – Information and resources specific to N Idaho also contains good tips for all of us.
- April 2 –Apply for an SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan – This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties. Click the link above to access the SBA page.
- April 2 – Ask your bank if you can apply for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program or PPP. This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.
- April 2 – Apply for an SBA Bridge Loan – Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
- April 2 – Apply for SBA Debt Relief – The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic